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What Are You Doing Tonight? Support The Arts, Enjoy Acting Up!

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Nov 042017
 

The Orange Players evening of one-acts, Acting Up! was such a huge success last year, they brought it back again for 2017!

This year two of their own Orange Players, Peter Charney, and David Ortoleva, are playwrights for this wonderful evening.

Come on out to the High Plains Community Center tonight at 8 p.m. for an evening of laughter, tears, and thought-provoking stage work.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.orangeplayers.net/shows.htm or reservations may be made by calling The Orange Players Box Office at (475) 227-7547.

Seating will be cabaret style. Audience members are encouraged to bring noshes and small bites and make the evening a party. BYO Light Beverages.

“Acting Up” is an opportunity for playwrights to receive feedback and encouragement from audience members on unpublished works. It also welcomes novice and experienced directors to grow and challenge their skills in a supportive, learning environment.

NOTE: Adult Language and Content. Brief Violence. https://www.facebook.com/events/2047928392097161/

Get Your Tickets For The Orange Players’ Acting Up! 2017

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Nov 012017
 

The Orange Players will present its winter production, “Acting Up! 2017” at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Acting Up! 2017, is an evening of 10 Minute unpublished One Acts by local playwrights. A special live musical pre-show performance will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 PM by vocalist Rich Moran backed by Jeff and Judy Webber, and Noah Golden.

Cabaret-style seating, bring your own food and light alcoholic beverage.

Tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online until 5 PM on the night of each performance (recommended) and at the door (cash or check only).
Sorry, no refunds.

NOTE: The Playwrights and One Acts are: Elaine Alexander – “Car Talk”, Kay Bullard – “Bonnie and Clyde at the 7-11”, Peter Charney – “Math and the Moon”, Hal Corley – “Contemplata Aliis Tradere”, Susan Goodell – “Pie in the Sky”, Jayne Hannah – “Baking Soda”, Betsy MacGuire – “The Nightcap”, John Mehm – “Mirror On the Wall”, Steve Myerson – “The “L” Word”, and Dave Ortoleva – “A Play On Words”.

The Directors are Ann Baker, Patty Brotschul, Noah Golden, Jeanette Harris, Patrique Alton Hurd, Pat Miller, Jess Rodi, Gina Tracy, and Phil Tremblay.

Tickets may be purchased online by clicking this link: ACTING UP! 2017 or by calling The Orange Players Box Office at (475) 227-7547

For more information, e-mail TheOrangePlayers@gmail.com

New Orange Players Presentation Premiers This Weekend

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Apr 172017
 

Join the Orange Players for a magical evening of mischief and mayhem as they present “Bell, Book and Candle” April 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8:00pm

Special pre-curtain performance opening weekend – Magical Sinatra featuring Rich Moran.

Tickets are on Sale NOW! Get yours by calling The Orange Players Box Office at (475) 227-7547 or go online at http://orangeplayers.net/tickets.htm.

Audition For The Next Orange Players Production

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Jan 212017
 

The Orange Players will be holding open auditions for our spring production of “Bell, Book and Candle”, written by John Van Druten and to be directed by Kevin Miller. A synopsis of the play and character descriptions can be found below.

Auditions will be held January 23, 24 & 25 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd, Orange, CT. Actors will be asked to perform cold readings from the play, scripts will be provided. Call backs will be held on January 26 if needed.

Performance dates are April 21, 22, 28, & 29. Tech Week, April 17 through April 20. Brush Up Rehearsal April 27. Performances will take place at High Plains Community Center.

For additional information e-mail TheOrangePlayers@gmail.com

Synopsis:
Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn’t.

“One of the author’s greatest comedy successes. An outstanding and popular title among community theaters. “…completely enchanting—a wonderfully suave and impish fantasy.” —NY Times.

Characters:
Gillian Holroyd, 25-40 years of age. “Gill” is a very powerful witch who seems to want to live a “normal” life. Her family doesn’t understand her, and her best friend is her cat Pyewacket, a “familiar.” Gill has to consider whether magic or love will be foremost her life.

Shepherd Henderson, 25-45 years of age. “Shep” has a very social and modern life, and is engaged to a young socialite. When Gill, Shep’s landlady, finds out he’s engaged to an old rival of hers, she decides to break it up.

Miss Holroyd. Gill’s Aunt, 40+ years of age. “Aunt Queenie” is an incorrigible, eccentric and charming witch who encourages magical mischief in Gill and Gill’s brother Nicky. But she’s come late to witchcraft and has to practice her spells at odd times and in odd places.

Nicky Holroyd. Gill’s brother. 25-40 years of age. A playboy socialite in the magic community, Nicky is flamboyant and young at heart, a jokester who enjoys playing tricks, gaining notoriety and surpassing his sister’s powers.

Sidney Redlitch: Any age, probably in 50s. This foremost scholar of modern magic – in his own mind, anyway — wants to write about New York witches and reclaim his fame from an earlier book on magic in Mexico. He’s messy, drinks copiously, and is excitable and gullible, which makes him exploitable by Nicky.

“Threads” The Musical Debuts This Weekend

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Nov 032016
 

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-12-41-23-amThe Orange Players fall production of Threads, an original musical based on The Emperor’s New Clothes will be held at High Plains Community Center in Orange on Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m.; and on Saturdays, November 5 and 12 at both 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Threads was written by Marian Drobish, Pat Miller and Linda Sobolewski, with original music by Ann Diers and additional music by Brad Blake. The Director is Pat Miller and Musical Director is Jim Teti. The play is produced by Joan Stenner and Peg Meisenhelder with Halina Slawsky assisting. Leading and supporting roles will be played by 23 actors from Orange, Milford and surrounding towns.

Threads takes place in the Kingdom of Vogueland, whose Emperor is focused on being the best dressed monarch in the universe. And, he needs new clothes! Out goes the call for designers. He’s chosen the best! But, are his new clothes as wonderful as they say they are? Whom can he trust to tell him? Enter the lords and ladies, knights, designers, jesters — a full array of characters who bring the story and the music to life. Threads has music, humor, color and movement — something for everyone, young and old! Bring your children, grandchildren, friends and yourselves to this Orange artistic endeavor. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Orange Players Box Office at 475-227-7547.

The Orange Players was formed 42 years ago and has been performing continuously since then. It is our purpose to present good theater to the community and to support community endeavors. This production has received grants from The Orange Foundation, The Lions Club and The Jamie Hulley Foundation.

Audition For The Musical “Threads” This Week

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Sep 132016
 

unnamedThe Orange Players will host open auditions for actors, singers, musicians, dancers and production staff for its fall production of “Threads,” an original musical based on The Emperor’s New Clothes.

“Threads” has singing and non=singing roles, the Emperor, the Empress two jesters, Lords and Ladies of the Court, Knights, the infamous tailors Felix and Claude, a page, a town crier, townspeople and a small group of children; some of whom make a startling observation!

Auditions are Tuesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. The production is scheduled for Friday, November 4, Saturday, November 5, Friday, November 11 and Saturday November 12, including matinee performances.

For additional information visit www.OrangePlayers.net, e-mail TheOrangePlayers@gmail.com or call (475) 227-7547.

Learn About the Orange Players, Get Involved

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May 152015
 

IMG_0406While posting information about last week’s Orange Players spring production of Broadway Bound, I was surprised to hear from residents who had never heard of the theater troupe.

The Orange Players is one of the longest running theater groups in the area. Each year, they put on plays, musical productions and more often than not, sell out every show.

Are you interested in learning more about The Orange Players? Making new friends? Reconnecting with old friends?

Join the Orange Players for its General Membership Meeting in the High Plains Community Center cafeteria on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.

IMG_2897Interesting in acting? Join the Players for a characterization workshop presented by Pat Miller, Orange Players Charter Member, Director and Workshop Leader, at High Plains Community Center, Thursday, May 21, Wednesday, May 27, June 3 and June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Elements of characterization will be explored, touching upon creativity, performance skills, developing a character, and monologues. No experience is necessary. All interested participants are welcome.

Fee is $25, payable at first class. The fee will cover copying costs, with the remainder goes to the Orange Players.

To register, call Pat Miller at 203-397-8915.

Opinion: Broadway Bound Worth Seeing — Opens Tonight

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May 082015
 

IMG_2885I sat in on the dress rehearsal for the Orange Players production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound on Thursday night.

For a play that seemed plagued with bad luck from the get-go, with a long search for a director (They were blessed to get Kevin Miller), the lead actor dropping out in the middle of rehearsals and another actor dealing with a death in the family this week as well as losing two days of rehearsal time due to the Amity referendum on Wednesday, I had no idea how this show could possibly open on time and be any good.

After the first scene it was obvious that this would be another Orange Players classic.

The young guys who play brothers Eugene and Stan are very good with all the energy one needs in a fast moving Neil Simon comedy.

Stan has a Jackie Gleason quality, perfect for the character.

Grampa is wonderfully oblivious and (the boys’ Mom) Kate is beaten down and a little cynical.

Jack is Kate’s absentee husband who spends more time at work than at home. Is he stepping out on Kate or just working hard?

Kate’s sister, Blanche is a well-to-do woman who worries about her mother’s well-being and wishes her parents could get along.

The program was being printed, so, unfortunately the actors’ names are not included here. But go see the show, it’s delightful and clever and well worth the cost of the ticket.

About:

“Broadway Bound, one of the semi-autobiographical trilogy comedies by Neil Simon, is a warm and gently humorous play. Here we find Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of them played for laughs and the fun begins.”

Performances are Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday May 9 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

For tickets, call the box office at 203.988.5335, email Orangeplayers.sales@gmail.com, or use the PayPal link on the tickets page.

Tickets are $20 each. Cabaret-style seating. Bring your own munchies, food, and beverage of choice. No Set-ups will be provided.

Hurry! Get Your “Broadway Bound” Tickets NOW before it’s too late

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May 052015
 

BroadwayBound-300x200Come and see the Orange Players’ production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound this weekend at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road

Performances are Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday May 9 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

For tickets, call the box office at 203.988.5335, email Orangeplayers.sales@gmail.com, or use the PayPal link on the tickets page.

Tickets are $20 each. Cabaret-style seating. Bring your own munchies, food, and beverage of choice. No Set-ups will be provided.

Only pre-paid tables of 8-10 people will be reserved.

The show is directed by Kevin Miller.

About:

“Broadway Bound, one of the semi-autobiographical trilogy comedies by Neil Simon, is a warm and gently humorous play. Here we find Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of them played for laughs and the fun begins.”

Last Published on: Apr 28, 2015 @ 22:55

Orange Players Hosting Auditions This Week

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Feb 222015
 

BroadwayBoundThe Orange Players will hold auditions for Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Monday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The script calls for 6 main characters, 4 men and 2 women.

Here is a SCENE from the Broadway Play.

You may prepare a short monologue of your choosing or a “side” from the script will be provided.  If you have a headshot and theater resume please bring them with you.

The show is directed by Kevin Miller of Stratford and will run May 8- 10th.  Rehearsal will begin in March.

For further information or questions, contact Marianne Miller at (203) 795-3906/marianne_miller@sbcglobal.net or visit the website at www.orangeplayers.net

Originally Published on: Feb 9, 2015 @ 10:20